Alzheimer's Prevention Treatments Burlington IA

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Laharpe - Davier Clinic
(217) 659-3844
B St & Archer Ave
La Harpe, IL
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Visiting Nurses Association
(319) 752-6469
2830 Winegard Drive
Burlington, IA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Rosebush Gardens Health Center
(319) 752-4100
1212 Indian Hills Drive
Burlington, IA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Des Moines County Phns
(319) 753-8290
522 North Third Street
Burlington, IA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Frank Jones
1225 S Gear Ave Ste 252
W Burlington, IA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

B I Mueller Family Clinic
(217) 659-7613
112 East Main Street
La Harpe, IL
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Advanced Home Health Care Ltd
(319) 753-6270
1525 Mount Pleasant Street
Burlington, IA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Park View Care Center Of Burlington
(319) 752-4525
715 Shoquoquon Drive
Burlington, IA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Great River Home Health Care
(319) 768-3350
1221 South Gear Avenue
West Burlington, IA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Great River Medical Center
(319) 768-1000
1221 S Gear Ave
W Burlington, IA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Avoiding Alzheimer's

The statistics associated with Alzheimer’s disease are staggering:
Over 5 million Americans currently have it, a number that may balloon to 16 million
by 2050. Amid the facts and figures lies the heartbreak of families who helplessly
watch loved ones slip into a shadowland where spouses, children and grandchildren
no longer have names. Science hasn’t completely mapped the biochemical changes
responsible for this thief of selfhood. But we do know that a healthy lifestyle,
including brain-protective nutrition, can give you a fighting chance against it.

By Lisa James

September 2008

 It started when Emily Balfour’s dad, Bob, could no longer handle the math required for his job as a construction project manager. “At one point his boss noticed something was wrong, so they had him do less intensive tasks at work and he struggled with them,” says the 22-year-old from Alpharetta, Georgia. Two years after signs first appeared, the elder Balfour was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in February 2007—at age 53.

The Balfour family is no stranger to Alzheimer’s; Emily’s grandmother died of it and her uncle, David, was diagnosed about the same time as her father. “He just became so quiet and distant,” she recalls about her uncle, “and would become confused if you asked about something that happened two months prior.” Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which tends to appear among people in their fifties, often runs in families. This puts Emily, a student at Georgia’s Valdosta State University, at a higher risk than most of her classmates. “I’m not too worried about it right now,” she says.

For people like Emily Balfour, the search for an Alzheimer’s cure takes on personal meaning. Eventually, though, advancing age means that Alzheimer’s disease can catch up with anyone; more than 90% of those afflicted show symptoms after age 65. “Advanced age is the strongest risk factor for Alzheimer’s,” says Marwan Sabbagh, MD, geriatric neurologist, founder of Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research in Sun City, Arizona and author of The Alzheimer’s Answer (Wiley). If preventative measures—especially the widespread adoption of healthy habits—aren’t taken soon, “one in every eight baby boomers is destined to get it. That’s 8 to 10 million people,” Sabbagh warns. “This could be one of the diseases that swallow up whole budgets.”

It is important to note that Alzheimer’s is not inevitable: “There are people who go to their graves who are fine from a cognitive standpoint,” Sabbagh says. Some memory loss occurs as part of the aging process, but when it becomes “extensive or is starting to impact your daily life, that’s when you know it has moved past being benign."

Missing Neurons

Alzheimer’s disrupts brain function by killing neurons—the brain itself actually shrinks. Plaques consisting of beta-amyloid, a protein processing byproduct, accumulate outside the cells, while neurofibrillary tangles form within...

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